The pension is made up of a personal rate for you and extra amounts for a qualified adult and child(ren). You will get the maximum personal rate of State Pension (Non-Contributory) if your weekly means are €30 or less.
Who is a qualified adult?
In general, a qualified adult is your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant. You may get an increase in pension for them as long as they are not getting a social welfare payment in their own right, except Carer's Allowance (where special arrangements apply).
The Increase for a Qualified Adult is graduated in line with your personal rate of pension.
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Since September 2007, by law we pay the increase for a qualified adult directly to the spouse, civil partner or cohabitant concerned unless they specify that it can be paid to you.
If you are awarded an increase for a qualified adult (IQA), please keep in mind that your qualified adult may be entitled to claim a State Pension (Non-Contributory) in their own right on reaching age 66. On reaching age 66 the increase for a qualified adult will automatically cease and they will be invited to apply for State Pension in their own right. It should be noted that it will be more financially beneficial to you as a couple if each of you receives a pension in your own right.
Alternatively, if your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant has been employed or self-employed, they may qualify for either a State Pension (Transition) at age 65 or a State Pension (Contributory) at age 66. For more information, log on to
Who is a qualified child?
A qualified child is any child up to age 18, who normally lives with and is being supported by you, or up to age 22 if they are in full-time education by day.
A child who is age 18 or over and is normally living with you is also considered your qualified child for the 3 month period after they leave second level education or complete the Leaving Certificate exam.
If you qualify for a Qualified Adult Increase for your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant, you will get the
full rate Qualified Child Increase for your qualified child(ren).
If your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant is getting a social welfare payment in their own right, they will get half the Qualified Child Increase appropriate to their payment and you will get half the Qualified Child Increase on your pension.
You cannot get a Qualified Child Increase if the child is getting a social welfare payment in their own right.